Monthly Archives: October 2015

Episode 116 – You’re Deeply Ambivalent

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 8×2 Into the Dalek and Angel 2×6 Guise Will Be Guise

Into the Dalek

Written by Phil Ford & Steven Moffat; Directed by Ben Wheatley

The Doctor and Clara are shrunk down and voyage, you guessed it, into a Dalek. Discussion points include:

  • Sci-fi voyages
  • Should this have been a two-parter?
  • Sensitive soldiers who cry
  • The Doctor’s zero tolerance gun policy
  • The Doctor’s disturbing mindset
  • Eyes and seeing
Guise Will Be Guise

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Krishna Rao

When Angel goes off to visit a spiritual guide at the Host’s suggestion, Wesley is forced to take his place. Discussion points include:

  • Who Wes & Angel really are
  • Wes’ comedy and competence
  • Advice for evil men who want to sacrifice their virgin daughters
  • The ambiguity of T’ish Magev
  • Angel gets some clarity
  • Gunn gets more involved

Next time: Buffy 5×7 Fool for Love and Doctor Who 8×3 Robot of Sherwood.

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Episode 115 – Your Grasp of Biology Troubles Me

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×6 Family and Doctor Who 8×1 Deep Breath

Family

Written & Directed by Joss Whedon

Much to her chagrin, Tara’s family comes to Sunnydale and wants to take her home. Discussion points include:

  • The Whedon theme of adopted family
  • How Tara’s backstory informs her personality
  • Do they undercut the inclusive message?
  • Willow brings Tara into the fold
  • Holy Glory & Buffy’s over-protectiveness
  • Flirtation and dysfunction
Deep Breath

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Ben Wheatley

Clara and the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor tackle a dinosaur, clockwork droids, and the Doctor’s new face in Victorian London. Discussion points include:

  • Discomfort with the new Doctor
  • The Doctor’s fears and faces
  • Clara as stand-in for Doctor Who fangirls
  • The Doctor and Clara have a spat
  • The Ship of Theseus and the Doctor’s lineage
  • Kissing and Missy

Next time: Doctor Who 8×2 Into the Dalek and Angel 2×6 Guise Will Be Guise.

Episode 114 – You Are So Weird Lately

Episodes discussed: Recap of the Eleventh Doctor Era of Doctor Who and Angel 2×5 Dear Boy

Eleventh Doctor Era Recap

We talk about the broader themes and character development of the Matt Smith/Eleventh Doctor era. Discussion points include:

  • The effects of Eleven’s incredibly long life
  • Eleven’s final bow
  • Narrative gaps and untold stories
  • Matt Smith’s specificity
  • Losing companions forever
  • Clara: Textured character or Manic Pixie Dream Girl?
Dear Boy

Written and Directed by David Greenwalt

Angel becomes obsessed with tracking down Darla after glimpsing her around town, while the newly revived Darla has plans of her own. Discussion points include:

  • Darla & Angelus go all Bonnie & Clyde
  • Dru gets bit
  • Darla’s humanity
  • What the Host does
  • Kate’s Mulderism
  • Gunn’s practicality

Next time: Buffy 5×6 Family and Doctor Who 8×1 Deep Breath.